Honu Iki Little Turtle Necklace

$85.00$169.00

Minimalist, yet capturing the essence of a baby turtle, these Honu Iki Little Turtle Necklaces are a popular item. In the shape of baby turtles as they crawl down the sand, this is a sweet and dainty necklace for everyday wear – and to remember the hope of a new day! This light, comfortable necklace can be worn to weekend casual events, work and even cocktail events due to the elegantly streamlined lines.

Honu (Hawaiian Green Turtles)

Honu are Hawaiian green turtles, and are a source of great joy for seasoned ocean lovers and newcomers alike.  For the ancient Hawaiians, they symbolise the navigator and mankind’s eternal connection to the land and the sea. Some legends talk about how honu guided the Polynesians to Hawaii. Others talk of a honu and honu’ea (the similarly threatened hawksbill turtle) as magical beings and protectors, and their daughter Kauila as the protector of children.

Baby honu are hatched from eggs laid by the mother on land. Sometimes the mother will swim hundreds of miles to return to her beach of birth in order to lay her eggs. Once out of their shells, the little honu are in danger until they grow bigger.  If they make it to the water, they begin a treacherous pelagic life on the open sea until they are big enough to return to the reef.  Out of thousands of eggs, very few turtles make it back to the reef. Once critically endangered, they’ve been protected in Hawaii since the late 70’s. Populations are only now making a come-back – although they are still threatened by fishing and pollution. Read more in our blog post.

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Details

This hand carved Honu Iki Little Turtle Necklace is a baby sea turtle on a fine sterling silver or gold fill chain, or adj leather cord. Baby turtles have such a distinctly different proportions to larger turtles! Carved with attention to detail and scale, Honu Iki means little sea turtle in Hawaiian. We cast each little turtle in low-tarnish silver, and painstakingly grind, file and hand-polish them. The vermeil version then gets a layer of 18K gold to finish.

 

  • The honu pendant measures 21 mm x 18 mm
  • Low tarnish sterling silver
  • 18K gold vermeil option
  • Fine 1.5 mm sterling silver or gold fill chain
  • Choice of 16″ or 18″ chain or adjustable leather cord
  • Lead and nickel free
  • Made in Hawaii
  • You may also like our matching honu iki earrings or Honu Iki ring

Additional information

Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 in
Chain length

16" Chain, 18" Chain, Adj leather

Honu Metal

Sterling Silver, 18K Vermeil